We have a more detailed case study file about the sit-and-face concept, but this article provides some basic pointers, especially for house hunters. Otherwise it’s my job to determine what’s causing it. sitting (back) and what is face to face (front) House’s.
The opposite side of the house, or what we traditionally call the “front”, is not necessarily the side where the front door is. In fact, let’s put the front door position further down the index list.
yin and yang theory
Generally speaking, The more yang, the more front, and the more yin, the more back.. Yang characteristics include the side of the house with the most traffic and activity. This includes how to enter the house. For example, enter through the garage rather than the “front” door.
The light side of the house is more yang, indicating the side it faces. This could be the side with the largest or most windows. As an extension of that, the major view is rather the facing side. Windows are like eyes, and we humans have eyes on the “facing” side of our bodies. Patios and balconies from which residents can take advantage of such views point to the same conclusion.
On a floor plan, a large room can show opposite sides, such as the living room in the front and the bedroom (sitting) in the back.. Many home plans have street-side bedrooms and other large living spaces, such as living rooms, that extend out to the backyard. A typical mid-century lunch style plan.
These yin and yang characteristics are used as guidelines, but not definitive, as the interior design of a home may not take advantage of vistas and lighting.
If the house is designed to take advantage of a primary view, such as the ocean or lake, then according to Feng Shui standards, the front “backyard” side of the land will have a lower land elevation.
Houses on hillsides and coasts are usually built facing low land or water, regardless of where the front door or official entrance is.
If the home is part of a larger, cohesive development, some units may have facing sides toward a focal point such as a courtyard. This is common in duplex, triplex and apartment units facing a central gathering point. This exterior feature may contradict the interior layout from the Yin-Yang theory point of view.
In the old simple floor plan, the front side was the entrance (yang) and the back was the bedroom (yin). Kitchens and modern plumbing have weights as anchors (like the base of your spine) that often give a hint. If the plumbing runs along one side of the house, the plumbing tends to be on the sitting side.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell which ones are sitting and which ones are facing each other. Consider interior and exterior. Looking at the floor plan without knowing the exterior can be deceiving. Similarly, not knowing where the rooms are located just by looking at the house from the outside can lead to incorrect assumptions about the actual orientation of the house.
As a longtime Feng Shui practitioner, I have seen many variations on a regular basis. One of her recent customers lives in a townhouse community. The front door side (West) faces a small road (Yang), but with another row of units only 20 feet apart, it’s on a “alley-like” road that doesn’t get much light and is fairly quiet bottom. The unit has a garage entrance on the side, no sitting or facing each other. Their unit is set back on a highway exit ramp so it is very noisy and there is constant movement on the supposedly quiet side of the building. There is also a bedroom on the west side of the upper floor. This is an example of a living space. positive attribute on both sides. Aside from the highway ramps and the energy rush, this unit definitely felt like the “back” on that side.
Some homes have more than one sun side and have views from more than one side, making it difficult to ascertain the true orientation. In some cases, we may need input from the occupants as to how they feel forward and backward. I also reviewed a round house with large windows on all four sides with a 360-degree view! In some cases, the address and the “street” side should be the tiebreaker.
moreover, The direction the door is facing is not the front. Many people face the front door of their home, but the door itself is at right angles to the front wall.
As a practical measure: make a list of all the yin and yang attributes for each side of your house, like this: The facing side is the side with the most positive features. If the yang feature is evenly split on two sides, let the outer environment be the tiebreaker for the opposite side.
Author: Kartal Diamond
Company Name: Feng Shui Solutions®
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